Wake-up call: 2014 hasn't been kind to Ariza

Wake-up call: 2014 hasn't been kind to Ariza
January 20, 2014, 6:00 am
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Washington Wizards small forward Trevor Ariza (1) holds the ball as Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) defends in the first quarter at Verizon Center.

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A lot of the same shots have been there for Trevor Ariza, but since the turn of the new year they haven't been falling. In fact, the Wizards' forward, who was scorching from distance to start the season, has made only 15 of 54, or 27.7%, of his three-pointers in the last 11 games. 

In Saturday's 104-98 loss to the Detroit Pistons, Ariza only took three shots in the second half of a game the Wizards (19-20) let get away. Ariza contributed in other ways, getting eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals. 

"Had a tough night offensively. But still, that's not a reason, or shouldn't have been the reason, we lost," said Ariza, who had a 102-degree temperature in a win vs. the Miami Heat. "Games like this, we've got to find ways to win and we did not do that."

When the Wizards win, Ariza shoots 50.6% from the field. When they lose, that plummets to 38.6%.

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After beating quality teams such as the Chicago Bulls (twice) and the Heat last week, the Wizards played down to the competition with Detroit. Now the Wizards have to get up to play the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday, a team that already has given them trouble. 

"I don't think so," Ariza said about it being difficult to keep the same intensity vs. losing teams. "It's hard to play at the level we've been playing at, but we've shown we can do it."